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Is The Joystick Really Worth Buying?  
User currently offlineTriJetFan1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 7
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4817 times:
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Is a joystick for FS9 really worth buying, and how much does the flight controls improve? What are some good ones to buy/stay away from and what is a realistic price range?


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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4792 times:

Hey,

Are you currently using the keyboard for FS9? If so then you really should consider investing in a joystick, or a Yoke and Pedal set from someone like CH Products.

I have the Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick, Used that for a long time and its not to bad at all, pretty good in fact. You can change the buttons to control all primary flight controls also has a single throttle lever.

Also have the yoke from CH, but unless you have the pedals as well, its kinda a weird feeling, using a yoke and your feet not being on pedals. The Yoke itself is pretty good, 3 levers, so you could configure the first two for Engine 1 / 2 and one for mixture. Also you can control the flaps and undercarriage using it.

Hope This Helps!

Moheet  Smokin cool



Forever Flight
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4723 times:

Yes it is. I have a basic joystick and all I can say is that I will never use the keyboard again. Go get one, it makes a huge difference for the better of the game.

User currently offlineSubzero From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4723 times:

I love my CH Products flight yoke... at work (hope my boss isn't reading this!) I use a MS force feedback joystick. I find it unenjoyable to use the keyboard anymore, although I can if required...

 Big grin
Rich Marriner


User currently offlineCathay744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

I use a wireless 2.4 Ghz Joystick from Logitech, and love it.

User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

"... at work (hope my boss isn't reading this!) I use a MS force feedback joystick."
How do you manage to use a joystick at work without your boss seeing it?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

At home I have a rather simple yoke with sufficient buttons and a throttle, but I can´t calibrate it correctly, so it´s no fun flying with it. I´m shopping around for a good CH yoke though.


User currently offlineCVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4689 times:

Dude your crazy, buy some sort of control ASAP!


Globally Yours
User currently offlineB727-200 From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1051 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4668 times:


Playing flight sim without a joystick is like trying to drive a car without a steering wheel. Joysticks are pretty cheap these days, and it is only 37 sleeps till Christmas Big grin , so start dropping hints with the family!!!!


User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4660 times:

Totally agree with B727-200 - flying with the keyboard, forget it! I have the Saitek Cyborg Evo which has throttle lever, hat switch, rudder twist and extra buttons for trim etc as well as the basic stick. Even better is to get the CH yoke and rudder pedals, although I haven't yet invested in them.


Once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned forever skyward
User currently offlineCVGpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4650 times:

Even hat-switch and throttle joysticks, hardly cost anything any more. I'd highly recommend the Microsoft Sidewinder force feedback pro 2, its USB, requires no extra drivers and is highly compatible. Or the one the is cordless, it sounds nice, tho I've never used it.


Globally Yours
User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4647 times:

Please don't tell me you are using FS9 without a joystick.


Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineSubzero From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

"... at work (hope my boss isn't reading this!) I use a MS force feedback joystick."
How do you manage to use a joystick at work without your boss seeing it?

Well the joystick is his old one that came when I inherited his desk (He moved offices) so he knows it's there he just don't think I use it...


User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7187 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

Yes you NEED! a joystick or yoke. I reccomend the Satik 45. Not sure how to spell the company. It comes with a Nice joystick with easy to program buttons. Lots of them. And a awesome throttle with even more buttons. Or just get a simple microsoft yoke.
I now have the Joystick with the throttle SO most of the time unless flying some Airbuses helos fighters or a few planes that have sticks I use the yoke with the rudder pedals I have. CH Products makes some good yokes and peddals. I highly reccomend them!



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